Location: Glencar Waterfall, Glencar Lough, Leitrim
Path: Wooded trail,Continue reading
Location: Acres Lake Loop, Drumshanbo,
Path: 6oom Board walk – link to further 6km walking trailContinue reading
Location: Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon Longford
Path: Access for All walk, the River Inny Walk and the Newcastle woodland looped walk
Parking: Car park
Facilities: Picnic site
Features: Diversity of trees
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Location: Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe, Longford
Path: Board walk and gravel path (buggy-friendly) Continue reading
Location: Institute of Technology, Ash Lane, Sligo town
Path: A mixture of a gravel path (ideal for buggies and bikes not scooters) and tarmac, runs past pitches and running track Continue reading
This is certainly the most difficult buggy parkrun I have done to date, it is also one of the most beautiful ones I have done too! The course is two loops with the first being through the woods on trails, over tree roots and stones – you definitely need an off-road buggy if you want to run (or walk) this part! Once you’ve finished with the first loop, you then continue past the start of the run and onto the second loop which is on tarmac roads. People may warn you about the big hill at the end of the route without mentioning that the whole of the second loop is undulating with lots of small hills throughout. This is okay for the average runner but when you’ve got a buggy to push, you feel every hill no matter how big or small.
Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:
As the parkrun itself is in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve there are many more routes to explore. We took the short drive to the main playground in Glengarriff and it was perfect for the smallies. There is also a fairy trail from the playground which is worth exploring if the legs aren’t too sore too. Although there are many places to eat in Glengarriff and the town is lovely, we were recommended cafe Organico in Bantry as it has a small children’s play area – it didn’t take us much convincing to go there for brunch and the food & coffee was great too!
There are no toilets near the parkrun start unfortunately but there is parking.
Definitely one to do if you want a challenge. A beautiful course in a beautiful part of Ireland.
This is a really nice run! It’s three loops – with the first being slightly longer than the last two – all on tarmac paths. It’s through shaded woodland and has a slight hill at the end of each loop. Numbers are small so although the path is narrow, passing generally isn’t a problem.
Facilities cafes and playgrounds:
There is a car park at the start but no toilets unfortunately. The nearest ones are at Aldi which is only a 5 min walk away. There is a big playground just at the entrance of The Demense so only a short walk from the parkrun with parking opposite as well, however there are more areas of The Demense worth exploring on bikes/scooter for the kids too. We didn’t get the chance to eat in Newcastle West but I have been told that Marguerite’s Bakery Cafe in the main town square is lovely with plenty of choice and plenty of seating.
A really enjoyable run! Although it’s a three lap course, it doesn’t feel it.
Clonakilty parkrun is four laps around The Showgrounds on hardcore paving surfaced with rolled gravel. It is suitable for most buggies and although the path isn’t very wide (3m) it isn’t a busy parkrun at all so there is plenty of opportunity to overtake if need be. There is a slight hill at the beginning of the loop which will obviously need to be run 4 times. There is parking just outside the grounds and a toilet onsite too.
Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:
There is a playground located just a two minute drive from the parkrun where there is more parking. We ate at the Fig & Olive Cafe near the Supervalu which I can highly recommend especially when it is warm enough to eat outside as there is a playhouse filled with toys to keep the kids occupied. They also have a few toys around where the cutlery is for the kids to play with so don’t miss those. If you do go to Clonakilty for whatever reason do try to get to the main Supervalu. It is fantastic as far as supermarkets go!
The model railway is a good place to take the little ones for a few hours too – they have a train that takes a tour around the town and the town centre is within walking distance, though you might not be up to it after the parkrun!
If you’re looking for a PB this could be a good course for you – it is relatively flat and with it being four loops you can pace yourself well. There isn’t much to offer in terms of scenery, however Clonakilty is a lovely town to spend the day!
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Whether you are on your own, have a group, a buggy or a dog! We really enjoy it & count ourselves lucky to have a parkrun in our town!